Saundby: Plans for six turbine wind farm

How the wind farm at Saundby could look
How the wind farm at Saundby could look

Partnerships for Renewables has unveiled its plans for a six turbine wind farm on land between Gainsborough and Saundby.

The company has spent two years working with the Environment Agency to investigate the viability of a wind energy development on the land.

It now plans to meet with the public to show them what the wind farm would look like, with a formal planning application likely to be submitted by the end of the year.

“Following extensive environmental studies and consultations with the local community and other stakeholders over the last two years PfR is delighted to announce that a design has been finalised for a six-turbine proposal at the Saundby site ahead of the submission of a planning application likely to be later this year,” said PfR regional manager, Jerry Sturman.

The company has organised two public events so people can learn about the project and share feedback.

There will be a chance to view the proposed turbine layout and see to-scale computer generated images showing how the turbines would look from a number of local viewpoints.

“Local communities and interest groups are playing a key role in the project and we welcome on-going contributions to the project development process and, indeed, ideas on how best the up-to-£75,000 annual community benefit fund could be used locally,” he said.

“We are committed to keeping people informed about the project and welcome comments and feedback. We look forward to speaking to local residents at our exhibitions.”

But the company could have a fight on its hands to convince local people the project is a good idea.

Coun Kevin Senior, chairman of Beckingham-cum-Saundby Parish Council, said: “The parish council is still running with the backing of a survey carried out in 2011 which showed that the villages are against the development.”

“We do, however, intend to mail a further survey for the villagers to respond to in time for the November parish council meeting when we will have a presentation by the developers.”

The public exhibitions will take place on Wednesday 9th October at Beckingham-cum-Saundby Village Hall from 2pm to 7pm, and on Thursday 10th October at Gainsborough United Reformed Church from 2pm to 7pm.